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Pay-Per-Care in Dermatology, Part 2: Alternative Pay Practices Make Their Case

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Advocates of direct-pay models have pointed to ways in which out-of-pocket costs of noninsurance accepting practices are often lower than what would be charged under insurance because of copays, deductibles, and stratification of coverage that often excludes all or portions of treatment.

The relative risk for healthcare-associated infections has decreased in the last 15 years due to improvements in awareness of risk associated with devices, infection control, and evidence-based practice regarding use of devices.

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FDA Outlines Plan for Increasing Nonprescription Drug Availability

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The draft guidance, Innovative Approaches for Nonprescription Drug Products, applies to drugs under the New Drug Application (NDA) process and "is intended to extend that NDA pathway to include therapeutic indications that have not, historically, been available for use without a prescription," said Gottlieb in a press statement.

Adoption of EHR Linked to Reduction in Mortality Rates

Effect modification was seen based on hospital size and teaching status, with greater gains realized by small and non-teaching hospitals.

Physician Burnout Tied to Higher Risk of Medical Errors

Physician burnout, fatigue, and work-unit safety grades are independently associated with medical errors.

eCare Plan Set to Improve Doctor/Pharmacist Relationship

The Pharmacist eCare Plan is designed to improve communication between pharmacists and physicians by allowing documentation to be available via electronic health records.

Virtual Assistants Not HIPAA Compliant

Virtual assistant programs like Google Assistant, Siri, and Alexa are not yet in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Gender Bias in Medicine Has Far-Reaching Consequences

In academic medicine, harassment remains common; these issues begin early in training, with negative gender-based experiences reported by preclinical medical students.

AMA Aims to Boost Affordability of ACA Marketplace Plans

The AMA House of Delegates has adopted policy to increase the number of people who obtain coverage through the ACA by making marketplace plans more affordable.

Jury Awards $4.62B in Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Lawsuit

The award includes $550 million in compensatory damages and $4.14 billion in punitive damages.

2001 to 2015 Saw Decline in Self-Employment in Health Care

From 2001 to 2015 there was a decrease in the percentage of health care professionals who are self-employed and a decrease in the earning gap between self-employed and employed health care professionals.

Patient Experience Officers Can Play Key Role in Medical Offices

This new role involves a designated employee responsible for making sure the entire experience is in line with patients' expectations.

Peer-Led Education Helps Physicians Save Time With EHRs

Almost all physicians agreed that the training had equipped them with critical skills that can be used in their daily operations.

FDA Announces New Drug Shortages Task Force

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Gottlieb said "The charge to this new task force is to look for holistic solutions to addressing the underlying causes for these [drug] shortages."

AMA Calls for Inclusive Family, Medical Leave Policies

Association will advocate for policies inclusive of LGBTQ workers.

Error Rate 7.4 Percent in Speech Recognition-Assisted Notes

Overall, 15.8 percent of errors at level of speech recognition-assisted notes involve clinical info.

IT Solutions for Easier EHRs Save Physicians Time, Burnout

Yale Medicine is effectively targeting electronic health record use and functionality as a way to improve physician job satisfaction and reduce burnout.

Patients Comfortable With Doctors Having Tattoos, Piercings

Patients do not appear to mind if doctors have tattoos or piercings.

Patient Complaints Mainly About Rudeness, Rushing, Reproach

Understanding patients' complaints about practice can be instructive for physicians.

AMA Calls for Electronic Health Record Training

The AMA is calling on medical schools and residency programs to incorporate electronic health record training into their curricula.

Healthy Research Volunteers Require a Unique, Specific Compensation Model

Volunteers for clinical research are "renting" out their bodies to help discover how the human body reacts to a device, drug, or therapeutic strategy.

Practice Management Can Improve Efficiency

Providers can take practical steps to improve practice efficiency and increase insurance reimbursement.

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